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Miles Sabin scripsit:
> Dan Dennett _is_ however the editor of The Philosophers Lexicon, and
> has been since it's early days before it went public in the American
> Philosophers Association journal. That's where the verb "to quine"
> comes from, and the definition there is the one understood by all the
> professional philosophers I've ever met.
Hmm. And is that set perchance empty?
(Ray Smullyan: "With this argument I have silenced every pragmatist
I have ever met. Actually, I have never met any pragmatists, but
I'm sure that if I did meet one, it would silence him.")
There is a distinct verb "quine", probably coined by Douglas
Hofstadter, meaning "to precede by its quotation". This
leads to a compact version of Quine's antinomy:
"Yields falsehood when quined" yields falsehood when quined.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan firstname.lastname@example.org
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